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Theresa

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  • The Stranger Beside Me: The Shocking True Story of Serial Killer Ted Bundy

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Ann Rule
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (188)

    Ann Rule was working on the biggest story of her career, tracking the trail of victims left by a brutal serial killer. Little did this future best-selling author know that the savage slayer she was hunting was the young man she counted among her closest friends. Everyone's picture of a natural winner, Ted Bundy was a bright, charming, and handsome man with a promising future as an attorney. But on January 24, 1989 Bundy was executed for the murders of three young women - and had confessed to taking the lives of at least thirty-five more women from coast to coast.

    La Becket says: "Embarrassingly terrible narration"
    "Troubling account of a psychopath"
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    I bought this book because it was mentioned several times in the book "Without a Conscience" by Robert D. Hare. While I found the story of Ted Bundy interesting, the effect he had on Ann Rule was as chilling as his murders.
    Hour after hour I listened to the book waiting for the realization that Ann would finally come to about what a monster Ted Bundy was, but it never came.
    Ann Rule, calmly and with almost the same callousness that Ted Bundy displayed in his life, reports on his murders and yet, she Ann, still talks about him as if her were a favored lover.
    I can certainly understand protecting and supporting your friend until it is proven he is a monster, but at some point common decency should make you cringe in horror with the rest of the population at these atrocities.
    This book makes the point of Dr Hare's book even more evident. When you deal with a psychopathic personality you can be taken in to the point of no return. The Stranger Beside Me" is the embodiment of that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cryptonomicon

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (1991)
    Performance
    (1350)
    Story
    (1370)

    Neal Stephenson hacks into the secret histories of nations and the private obsessions of men, decrypting with dazzling virtuosity the forces that shaped this century.

    flaos says: "Finally Audible"
    "So good, I bought a first edition in print as well"
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    My short review: Buy it, buy it, buy it.

    My longer review:

    This book was the first audio book I ever listened too. However it soon became the "gateway drug" to an audiobook addiction that I have happily engaged in since those first heady moments of wonderment as the book whisked me away to another time and place.

    Cryptonomicon is a well crafted and masterful journey across decades as Mr. Stephenson weaves his tale of intersecting characters, lives and realities. I have listened to most of Mr. Stephenson's books outside of his Baroque series and this book stands alone in its complexity and adherence to earth-based characters instead of the science fiction based character's that people most of his others books.

    The mathematical concepts and the thoroughness in which the book outlines cryptography principals and theory's will astound you. While I have never done the research to see if what Mr. Stephenson writes is true in fact, it SOUNDS true and you will believe it. The moral of the story and thought provoking take on what is becoming a reality of sorts in our world today with regard to technology will make you think hard about the possible consequences of life lived "online".

    The intersecting of the characters across generations and the juxtaposition of life during World War two and now is nothing short of brilliant in its execution.

    While my other foray's into the worlds of Mr. Stephenson have left me feeling somewhat less than thrilled, this book is not to be missed. And when its over, you may find you have become so engaged with the characters, you miss them as you would miss friends who have left your life.

    A bit about the performance. I will admit that in the first few minutes of the book I was unsure if I liked Mr. Dufris's voice. There was nothing wrong with it, it just was a little different. However it took a very short time to become accustomed to its rhythms and cadence and by the end of the book I would not have thought another artist possible of producing the same story.

    Cryptonomicon is a 5 star story all the way around!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • George Carlin Reads to You: An Audio Collection Including Grammy Winners 'Braindroppings' and 'Napalm & Silly Putty'

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By George Carlin
    • Narrated By George Carlin
    Overall
    (888)
    Performance
    (800)
    Story
    (792)

    If one George Carlin audio is funny, then two are funnier and three must be funniest, right? That's our thinking behind this new collection. t's a HighBridge library of laugh-out-loud, award-winning recordings featuring George himself performing many of his best bits.

    Rick says: "Like a Cast of Thousands"
    "It's all Geroge Carlin, you eight like him or...."
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    Some of this book will make you laugh, some of it will make you glad that George Carlin is a comedian and not say, the President.

    The book itself was more like a series of soundbites with no rhyme or reason to the order. It started and stopped in odd places and you never have a clue when it's over until you hear the "We hope you have enjoyed this presentation" blurb.

    Whether you love Carlin or hate him, you will get your chance during this audiobook to feel both. Some of his humor is startling and was obviously the production of a man who was a bit too free in indulging his drug habits. Other aspects are insightful and show a really good grasp of some of the ridiculous patterns we endure as a society.

    Don't think I would pay full price for it, but if you catch it on sale....maybe.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Skies Belong to Us: Love and Terror in the Golden Age of Hijacking

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Brendan I. Koerner
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (206)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (189)

    A shattered Army veteran and a mischievous party girl, Roger Holder and Cathy Kerkow commandeered Western Airlines Flight 701 as a vague protest against the war. Through a combination of savvy and dumb luck, the couple managed to flee across an ocean with a half-million dollars in ransom, a feat that made them notorious around the globe. Koerner spent four years chronicling this madcap tale, which involves a cast of characters ranging from exiled Black Panthers, to African despots, to French movie stars.

    Scott says: "A very entertaining and engaging audiobook"
    "It might make you hate the TSA a little less...."
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    If you have ever stood in line at the airport for hours waiting to board your flight and getting really annoyed at the TSA for all the hassle you are being put through, this book is for you.
    To me the main story was incidental to the real value to be found between the pages. A sense of why we suffer such indignities just to fly, and maybe a little bit more acceptance in doing so.

    I gasped to see the attitude of the Airlines during the time-frame this book covers. Having never flown during those years I was appalled at the refusal of airlines at first to do even cursory checks of passengers for weapons when it seemed every other plane was getting hi-jacked.

    I felt the same sense of oh my God what were they thinking while reading this book as I did when I read "And the Band Played On" about the refusal of some individuals to close bath houses despite the very real and present danger of spreading the AIDS virus by not doing so.

    Reading about the way the airline handled what became an epidemic of hi-jacking, to me showed the exact same self-serving attitude that was present at the on-set of the AIDS epidemic, albeit with thankfully a hugely different loss of life.

    Worth the read, if just to get a little perspective.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7279)
    Performance
    (6668)
    Story
    (6674)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "So good you won't be able to put it down."
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    There are parts of this book that make you cringe and that is a good thing. Why? Because you care so much about the characters after the first few chapters that its like watching your best friend or someone you love making mistakes that you just wish you could stop them from making.

    The author did such a good job of fleshing out the people in this book that you can't wait to see what they do next.

    Excellent story, though given the overriding theme of drug addiction and all the mess that goes along with it, it can be quite hard to read some parts. The tidbits about the art world and the way that a certain piece of art can attach itself to your heart is just a joy to read.

    The story will move you, and in the end that's the best thing we can ever say about a book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Leonard Mlodinow
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    Overall
    (2513)
    Performance
    (1457)
    Story
    (1432)

    In this irreverent and illuminating audiobook, acclaimed writer and scientist Leonard Mlodinow shows us how randomness, chance, and probability reveal a tremendous amount about our daily lives, and how we misunderstand the significance of everything from a casual conversation to a major financial setback. As a result, successes and failures in life are often attributed to clear and obvious causes, when in actuality they are more profoundly influenced by chance.

    Joshua Kim says: "Very Very Smart"
    "This book can make you love Math!"
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    I bought this book on one of those neat little "get a book for 4.95" windows that happily pop up now and then when you have bought something else. I didn't have high hopes for it but for 4.95 I thought "what the heck?"

    After listening to it, I would have gladly paid full price. This book explains randomness and some mathematical concepts in such easy to listen to terms that you find yourself listening to it many times just to remind yourself of some of the cool things this book tells you.

    My advice is buy it, and then bookmark every place you hear something you might want to refer back to and label it. I am in no way a math geek, but I love this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Diamond Age

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Jennifer Wiltsie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3134)
    Performance
    (1187)
    Story
    (1202)

    Neal Stephenson, "the hottest science fiction writer in America", takes science fiction to dazzling new levels. The Diamond Age is a stunning tale; set in 21st-century Shanghai, it is the story of what happens what a state-of-the-art interactive device falls into the hands of a street urchin named Nell. Her life, and the entire future of humanity, is about to be decoded and reprogrammed.

    Tango says: "The rock could use a bit more polishing"
    "I couldn't wait for it to be over"
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    I do not understand how the author of Cryptonomicon could have authored this book. While it shares a few stylistic similarities with the excellent storytelling of Cryptonomicon, this book was so bad I could not wait for it to be over. I listened all the way to the end just hoping it would somehow magically make sense, but alas by the time it ended I was just happy it was over.

    It's wasn't the futuristic storyline that made the difference, It was just so disjointed that I found it impossible to follow the story or even to care about the characters.

    The performance of the book was fine but the story was just too bizarre to keep my interest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Vincent Bugliosi, Curt Gentry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1392)
    Performance
    (1216)
    Story
    (1218)

    Prosecuting attorney in the Manson trial Vincent Bugliosi held a unique insider's position in one of the most baffling and horrifying cases of the 20th century: the cold-blooded Tate-LaBianca murders carried out by Charles Manson and four of his followers. What motivated Manson in his seemingly mindless selection of victims, and what was his hold over the young women who obeyed his orders? Now available for the first time in unabridged audio, the gripping story of this famous and haunting crime is brought to life by acclaimed narrator Scott Brick.

    Larry says: "What a great book."
    "Chilling, gut wrenching and thought provoking"
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    What did you love best about Helter Skelter?

    It's hard to give a book about brutal murders 5 stars without clarifying that the stars are for the telling of the story and not due to an affinity for the content of the story itself. So with that out of the way...The storytelling is amazingly detailed and as such is sometimes very hard to listen to. Reading this story gave me insight about something that, although I thought I had known about for years, I never in any real sense understood. This book opened my eyes.Though a very long book it moved along and kept me interested. I found I could not stop listening until I absolutely had to.


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Haven't listened to anything else by Scott Brick, but after listening to this book I would consider it a definite plus that he was the narrator on any other books I review for purchase.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    That disenfranchised people without something good to believe in, often make very bad life choices.


    Any additional comments?

    When you listen to this book you will find yourself cursing the stupidity of the law enforcement and court system that allowed Charles Manson and his family to commit both the heinous crimes they are famous for, and also the undoubtedly numerous offenses for which they have never been tried.I am and always will be a supporter of the ideal of law enforcement and the officers that protect us from the evil in this world. But the absolute failure of some of the officers and other personnel involved in this investigation to perform their duties in this case is mind boggling and deeply disturbing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Coyote: Harry Bosch Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2349)
    Performance
    (1266)
    Story
    (1255)

    Harry attacked his commanding officer and is suspended indefinitely, pending a psychiatric evaluation. At first he resists the LAPD shrink, but finally recognizes that something is troubling him and has for a long time. In 1961, when Harry was 12, his mother, a prostitute, was brutally murdered with no one ever accused of the crime.

    Dan says: "Bosch's past revealed"
    "Bummed out by Harry"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes, I would drop this one from the series. I did not enjoy the way the Harry Bosch's character evolved in this book at all. I read all three preceding books just prior to reading this one and by the end of this one, I really disliked Harry.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Though the story was fine and had good development and suspense, the way Harry was characterized in this book made him a very unlikable person. By the end of the book I couldn't care less what happened to him. He was written as a mean, arrogant, obnoxious, morally corrupt person who had lost all the soul displayed in his previous books. I was looking forward to a series I could really get "into" but this one killed my interest. Maybe it's just me, but I came away from this book depressed and joyless.


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    Good voices. Kept the characters alive and believable.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Perhaps the negative passion this book causes me to express would seem like a success to the author: at least I cared. But I don't think I will buy any more of the series because after listening to this one, I just really dislike Harry and don't care what happens to him next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flying Through Midnight

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By John T. Halliday
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (33)

    A powerhouse fusion of pathos and humor, brutal realism and intimate reflection, Flying Through Midnight is a landmark contribution to Vietnam War literature, revealing previously top-secret intelligence on the 606's night missions. Fast-paced, thrilling, and bitingly intelligent, Halliday's writing illuminates it all: the heart-pounding air battles, the close friendships, the crippling fear, and the astonishing final escape that made the telling of it possible.

    Craig says: "Flying Through Midnight"
    "Great Listen!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Flying Through Midnight to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version, but I enjoyed the audio version very much. I am not sure if the print version could have captured some of the feeling that was evident in the audio version due to the emotional queues that are available with voice acting.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    JT. He was the main character and the story pretty much revolved around him and his experience. I was a little put off by the dual world theories, but I think people have a right to believe in what they believe in and the circumstances in which he found himself might have led me to change any number of things I now believe, so I am not going to judge.The story was well told with strong mental images that had me laughing or holding my breath and sometimes just thanking God I was not there.


    Have you listened to any of William Dufris’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I love William Dufris's voice. That is how I found the book, by searching for books he had read. I have also listened to Cryptonomicon, by Neal Stephanson and I thought both books were well performed and the voices of the characters distinguished well enough to allow the the suspension of belief to enjoy them as separate characters.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It was far too long to listen to in one setting, but I found myself wanting to get back to it as soon as time permitted.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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